Posted by: bshelley | December 1, 2008

Aid for the tempted

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Today’s Verse: Hebrews 2:18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. NASB

This subject came up the other day in some comments I was making concerning Jesus’ overwhelming love for us. It is to me unimaginable the weight of the world’s sins past, present and future that became Christ’s on the cross. He was without sin, yet He bore ours. All of it. How much sin is that if you count every sin of ours and every other person’s who has or will ever live? The weight of that must have been horrible. The pain of that burden must have been so much more than that of the lashes and nails. Yet, behind it all was love. God’s love for His children, separated from Him by that very sin, and the love of Christ Jesus that would bear such self-sacrifice are beyond my limited comprehension. In Mark 14:38 we have Jesus under the burden of the decision to follow God’s will to Calvary, He pauses to care for the disciples. Knowing what was lying just hours ahead, He stopped and reminded them to, “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation.” To me that is phenomenal. So, if He could pause from that scene to care, how much more now from His throne in heaven? He fully understands our temptations because He endured them as well. He understands our need for the strength we can get from the Father to resist those temptations, because He has been there as well. That is what this verse is all about. For the Christian, this is one of the greatest verses in the whole Bible! God knows and Jesus knows that even though we are now in Christ, we still face temptation and He is there for us. It is ours then to reach out, ask and receive that help. Jesus promises to come to our aid when we struggle with temptation. Who better than He who best understands what that means?

As always, may God bless your heart as you seek His.

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